There has been much made about the saga surrounding Derrick Rose’s absence from the New York Knicks on Monday night. However, there has been another huge development that could highly affect his future with the team. According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, Rose is seeking a max contract offer next offseason.
Some close to Rose have told friends he will seek a max contract this summer. For Rose, that pact would be for five years and nearly $150 million.
The Knicks would need to use nearly all of their cap space to ink Rose to a max contract.
This is a major change of plans that could spell the end of Rose’s tenure with the team after one season. Following a strong start to the year, things have fallen off the wagon a bit with the Knicks out of the playoff picture now holding an under .500 record having lost nine of their last 10 games. There is now the all-too-familiar turmoil surrounding the team could lead to a fourth straight season missing the playoffs.
Rose is at the center of it all following his sudden absence from the team. If things continue to trend in this direction, don’t expect New York make a significant push in the summer to retain the former NBA MVP. It could just be a matter of time before this notion becomes a formality.